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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The letHbridcfe Herald Third Section l.cllibrklfjc, Alberta, Friday, April M, 1072 Pages 23 23 Disastrous year for agriculture Facts do the THE MIRACIE OF SIGHT "Oh, what I have exclaimed Rose Crawford afler kissing ihe tiny hand of a week.old baby at Toronlo's General Hospital. Mrs. Craw- ford, 54, losl her sight she was four years old and had it reslored this offer a series of operalions. One of her firsl requesls was Io sec a baby. Jean Urapeau s Ulympic plans call for millions in grant money By PAUL I-T Piibliralions MONTREAL Whatever way Mayor Jean Drapeau ox- plains it, his plans for the 197G fiiunmer Olympics call for mil- lions of dollars in federal gov- ernment grants. Just how much money will bo coming from Ottawa's coffers hasn't been determined, but one thing is certain: The financing of the Games in this city won't be as easy and painless as Mr. Drapeau tried to convince visit- Ing reporters here last week, According Lo the mayor, Otta- wa's financial participation in the Olympics will be limited to approving Montreal's requests for assistance under existing or future shared cost programs. The city will require no 'direct' provincial or federal grants or special assistance, nor will the Bummer Games necessitate any municipal lax increases. However, what Mr. Drapeau painted for visiting reporters was an Idealized and vague fin- ancial picture which depends on so many "ifs" that it is hardly assuring. To begin w i t h, the mayor's 1 statement was based on the as- sumption that tlic federal and provincial governments will ap- prove all hi.s applications for shared-cost assistance. Neither Ottawa nor Quebec is under any such obligation. And, despite Mr. Drapcau's insistence his city will require no special financial aid, mnny Canadians may suspect that at least some of Ihe projects for which Mont- real request shared cost as- sistances might not have been considered if it were not for the Olympics Certainly, Montreal can use more low-coat public housing, ljut one may question whether using'federal shared-cost hous- ing funds to help construct an Olympic village would be put- Ling such money to its best use. Montreal intends to convert Ihe village into low cost housing after the Games, thereby quali- the mayor's shared cost assistance which Ihe city "will n number of community.leaders and housing exports have mjes- lioncd whether the needs of low-income families might not be better served if federal funds were spent on a project rot originally designed as tempo- rary lodgings for athletes. In addilion to shared-cost as- sist nnce, Montreal's financial plans are contingent upon ap- proval hy Ottawa and Quebec City of v.-h a L Mayor Drapeau has described as "extraordi- n-a r y" revenue producing schemes. At his press confer' cnce Insfc Thursday, Mr. Drap can speculated that these might include special lotteries, tho sale of Olympic coins or a num- ber of oV h e r schemes UiaL haven't yet come to mind. Tlic Olympics must also realize through ticket sales, television rights and other royalties lha projected revenue that is cen- tral to the city's current [inan- cial plans. Another important require- ment for reducing the burden o( building Olympic facilities, most Importantly a stadium, is securing the yct-lo- 3C-given assurances of Mont- real's professional baseball and 'colhall teams that they will case the bludium after 1U7G. And, most important of all, Mr. Drapcau must avoid the soaring costs that have plagued the or- anizers of the summer Olym- pics in other cities. Vi'huL happens, however, if Ihe ledcral or provincial govern- ment balks at one of Mr. Drap- cau's shnrcd-cost proposals, or television rights don't fetch Ihe expected price, not. enough peo- ple buy loLlery tickets, or Ihc original cost estimates sky- rocket? Mr, Drapeau didn't say, of course But, it is highly unlikely he would, or could, call the whole thing that the fed- eral government w o u I d fill Canada's international prestige to be damaged by such an inci- dent. What that means, in all likeli hood, is that despite the finan cial picture painted hy Mayor Drapeau last week, the federal and provin c i a 1 governments would have to bail out Montreal. The recent experience of ci- lies winch hnve been awardet the Olympics, and w hat hnp pcnct Expo G7, arc far more encouraging. Orgunuerr this year's Olympics in Mu- ch are reported, for instance, 0 have found themselves spend- ntf six limes as much as was originally planned. A large in- crease in the original Olympics mdget was also experienced hy Tokyo, host of the Games in 1964, and Expo 67 ended up with 1 deficit of million dospito i prediction in 196G that it vould lie only million. The By PAUL JACKSON' Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The plight of the Canadian farmer, that small and hardworking entrepreneur who starves in the midst of the sea of plenty he has helped to produce, has again been brought home to Ihe fedcralguv- ernmcnl. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has )ust presented its annual submission to Prime Minister Tmdeau and his cabi- net. The only fault in the sub- mission is that it tends to out- l i n e agricultural difficulties purely from a technical view- point, rather than a human one. A human picture of a problem can have so much more impact on people -especially those not highly knowledgeable of a par- ticular situation. Nevertheless, the facts speak for themselves. Apart from the odd bright spot, Canadian agri- culture had a disastrous year in 1971. Charles Munro, association president, says (he fanners re- alized income fell to the lowest in dollar terms for as long as comparisons make any sense. In actual figures, farm In- come in real terms was only 73 per cent of what it was ten years earlier, in 1D61. And that was a had year in itself. A "more satisfactory" year was The 1971 income was mere 5G per cent of that in 1966. The statistics, as telling as they arc, become even more so when measured against a decade of hard-driving inflation. Obviously, agriculture, cially small farm agriculture, is a dicey business (o be in. The risks are high. Profit return on capital is low. Some farmers arc even being forced to sell ofl their macliinery and equipmen1 in order io maintain ownership of their land, Hundreds of these pointed out that the close rela- tionship between the federal and provincial departments of agri- culture and the closer than in many other fields be increased even more to tlic hcnef'l of all. It's significant Hint the asso- ciation didn't criticize (he fed- eral government, unduly hard this year. In fact, if paid Ot- tawa a mimbcr of compliments for the efforts Agriculture Min- ister Bud Olson of Alberta and Justice1 Minister Olio Lang of Saskatchewan, the minister ix-- s p o n s i h 1 e for the Canadian Wheat Board, have made in easing the farmers' Io'. Federal initiatives in grains policy, export market develop- ment, support of a managed milk industry i 1'1C Small Farms Development Program, agricul- tural legislation, and the recent deficiency payments on huj-s all up for praise Both Mr. Mr. Munro says thin despite bleak days past and present, ag- riculture in Canada is not an abstraction or a mystic way ot life in the space-age world. Nei- ther is it a disappearing indus- try. It is n huge, growing enter- prise, and the foundation of a very large part of the economic activity of this LOLintry. But. lie believes that a big, overall ap- proach is needed if the basic Oison and Mr. Lanj; speak of producer in the food industry is even belter things to come the future. in i to flourish as well as other HC- tori. 'ederal share of Ihat deficit was million. Mr. Drapeau made his successful bid for the 1976 Olympics two years ago, he told (lie Internalional Olympic Com- mittee in Amsterdam that Mont- real would budget million for (he Games, far less lhan the :olal cost of any recent summer Games. At last week's press conference, the mayor didn't al- lude to his original estimate and refused Io make any statement about what, the Games may cost or what share will conic from Ottawa. Consider Mr. Drapcau's rea- son for wanting to keep the ivraps on an Olympic cost esti- mate for (he lime h e i n g: "Rather than having it said that Ihc mayor of Montreal is being unrealistic about the cost of the Games, we will let all govern- ments concerned see the fig- ures, Then, those who have doubts a b o u t the Games will have Io say that Ihc three gov- ernment have been unrealistic and not just the mayor of Mom real." small independent businessmen in province lose the battle each year and are forced Io fold. With a picture like this before them, you'd expect that Cana dian farm organization leaders would be full of pessimism They're not. Frustration maybe. But not hopelessness. What frustrates the farmer L that everyone but him appear to make money out of farming Supermarket chains expniu across the cities and Ibroughou the country. Canneries anc packing companies do the same Somebody is making a profi out of the food industry. It isn' (he producer. That's what concerns pcopl like Mr. Miuiro. He believe that one reason farm incom has lagged so badly is becausi the nation's thousands of farm ers. though numerically stroni and vital to (he country's we! fare, are atrociously weak on ni organized basis. They haven been flexing their muscles unison. I In has naturally called fo more assistance from the fed eral government. And he ha is seen ares Herald QUjvwa Kurcau OTTAWA If you happen to avc an electron microscope in our basement, you might he blc to discover a new treat ID our drinking wafer and in ome b ever a like beer, wine, ermouth and soft, fibres. You would need the electron microscope because the talcum powder-like asbestos fibres are exceedingly small. For exam- ile, one fibre would weigh something like one billion mil- ionths of an ounce. And it voulrt take one billion million ibres placed end to end to equal slightly less lhan a yard. But, iieverihcless, federal health department scientists in he health protection branch re- wrt they do least in a small of samples of Lap water in Ottawa, Montreal, To- ronto and Ifull and in an even smaller number of samples of commcrcialy-produced b c v e r- ages. The somewhat academic find experts say .here is nothing to worry about published in Ihe British journal Nature last July. At most, according to a health depar Imcnt official, the Cana- dian findings confirm prelimi nary findings in a few other countries. The research is one aspect of a larger effort to de- velop sensitive detection tech niques for a host of possibly harmful pollutants in the envi ronment. One type of asbestos a blue asbeslos not yet in Canadian studies, causes health problems when Inhaled Asbestos is not suspected o causing health problems wheu ingested. Tap water from Toronto Montreal and Ottawa contained between 2 and 4.-1 million fibres per quarl. Tap water from IIul and raw water from tlic Ottaw; River (unfiltered) container some 0.5 million fibres pc quart. In the asbestos community of Thclford Mines in Quebec, the lap water container "2.7 million fibres per quart. ]of tlic widespread use of lha Soft drinks generally had a? material in such things iuch as tap water, but one ample of ginger ale had 12.2 illion fibres per quart. In two anadian beers, 4.3 and fi.G mil- on fibres per quart were ound. In two U.S. beers, the ount was 2 and 1.1 million; in a anadian sherry, A.I million; A new "industrial city e! nd in an Itnlian vermouth, 11.7 100.000 called Haipowan has million. been carved out of the mineral- Thc asbestos is thought to gel rich wilderness of Inner MOD- nto the environment as n result ecialOld. Tryalitdel acoustic and door tiles, insula- tion and brake linings. Studies on asbestos fibres In foods are continuing. NEW CITY 40 hp. 50 hp. 65 hp. Open water or quiet stream, they're performers. If ymi're a mid-power man it you're a family boater if you like a not-too-small, not-loo-big outboard that'll tnlie you skiing, skin divinp, fishing, cruising, weekending see your Mercury dealer nnd his nidi-Mercs. The -10-hp Direct Charge 402. The popular SO-lip Merc 500. And tlie all-new compact C50, 3 cylinders, 65 lip. Just one problem. It's tough to decide which is best. 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